The BGN News Archive
Being at OBriens on a Tuesday was a familiar situation but there was a twist this time the club was crowded. Sometimes there are only a dozen people there midweek. This bill was focused on groups connected to Gunner Records. They're based in Germany and are starting an American branch. The first release ifs a split 12 incher with Bundles/Dan Webb and the Spiders.
I was immediately carried away by Dan Webb and the Spiders. They were knocking it out hard. There was some pop in the melodies and vocals but the muscular punch in the attack disguised that. The vocals were what really got to me; two and three people singing at once and the background vocals were worked out to add punch and hooks, just beautiful. Believing they were from out of town, I thought why dont we have some group like this around here. I was wrong; they come from the Boston area and have a few recorded efforts already. For some reason they never got on my radar.
They ran their song right through without stopping and without letting
up the urgent attack. Theoretically maybe they should have some dynamics
but in reality I didnt want any and I dont think letting
up for a second is in their battle plan. Their recorded material will
give you an idea of what they sound like but I cant hear anything
that comes up to the quality of what I heard at OBriens.
Webb and the Spiders Bandcamp
No Weather Talks had a similar thrust as the Spiders but I didnt think they were up to the same level. I think I would have liked them better if I hadnt been overwhelmed by that previous set. I stayed through the set despite getting very hot. This was one of those abnormally warm days last week and the AC was off. The club got hot and sweaty fast. By the time Bundles came it was just too uncomfortable and I baled after a few songs.
When I walked into the Midway on Saturday I was looking at someone dressed as a banana. Then I saw Hans Solo and Freddy Mercury. These were the costumes of Power Slut. Was this normal for them or it was an early Halloween celebration? Power Slut are an indie music combo of pop and nerd rock. The songs are well thought out and have lots of detail in the music and lyrics. The mock Freddie Mercury on bass was actually from Muck and the Mires.
Slimedog who is hardcore centric is intrigued by them especially the intense lyrics. I did check out some of the lyrics on Bandcamp and hes right they are very good. As a group they reminded me of a lot of 80s indie rockers like Hell Toupee.
Burnt Village was old school metal. I liked that they didnt
tune low. They drilled out riff based tunes. And those riffs fit into
a groove that they hammered on. It was immediately a hair thrashing
soundtrack. The guitarists straight line up on stage mirrored
the way they controlled the riffs. The element that put them over the
top was the drummer. He was a busy player and he hit strong. He floated
the beat with a cascade of thundering hits. It felt like a herd of wildebeests
coming at you. At the end of a few songs he stood up and raised his
hands like someone scoring a touchdown. His joy was infectious.
Their Facebook page says they started in 2016. Thats amazing. They dont have any recorded stuff yet. Frankly, this isn't my favorite type of music but I would seek out these guys again!
Arthur Freedman took the trip up to Beverly to see the bill Saturday night at the Spotlight. It was the currently steady gigging Nervous Easters, Jon Macy with the Hummingbird Syndicate and Lizzie Borden. He came back with these photos.
In other news....
Happy Birthday Stiv Bators!! He'd be 67 today Oct 23. Stiv was a wonderful guy, I loved him and I wish he was still here. Here's a great article on Remembering Stiv
Here's a great article on Observer.com that gives attention to our
favorite The Damned and the importance of their song New
Rose. We always knew it was important. Read
And there's a new 80's Punk/New Wave Tarot Card deck out ...you can read it about it here...they even have Klaus Nomi as the Chariot!
But here's another one with Iggy as The Fool and Patti Smith as the High Priestess. This one is more punk rock says Miss Lyn!
Here's some good shows coming up .....
October 27 (Thursday) The Dickies, Muck & The Mires and now The Silver Screams are at The Middle East Up. (FB page)
October 27 (Thursday) Panzerbastard, Churchburn, Ritual Blade, and Upheaval @ OBriens
October 27 (Thursday) When Particles Collide, Abbie Barrett, Stars Like Ours and Carissa Johnson at Great Scott's
October 28 (Friday) The Vooduo, (from CA), The Crimson Ghosts, The Skeleton Beats & The Outsiders are at Koto in Salem
October 28 (Friday) Oh Framingham you are in for a treat: Screwcart, Rockin Bob, Gasco and Road Soldier at The Tavern in Framingham (here's the FB page for info)
October 28 (Friday) The Prozacs, BarRoom Heroes, Injury, The Pink Parts and Whoopi Sticks - 4-8PM Matinee Show at The Midway
October 29 (Saturday) Cheech 20th Anniversary Show also on the bill Taxi Driver, Reason to Fight, Words of Truth, & Barfight Champs at The Midway Show night time show
October 29 (Saturday) Growing Up Spooky - Music and movies from the 60s-00's at The Plough and Stars. The Dazies as The Exploding Hearts, Dirty Bangs as Nirvana, Glass House as The Jesus and Mary Chain and Bruvs as The Beatles
October 30 (Sunday) Just go and stay all day- at Atwood's: Corin Ashley & Dave Aaronoff at 4PM and then at 9:30 Glenn Jones and Thalia Zedek
And further out......
November 3 (Thursday) The Proletariat are at Once: "After a 33 year hiatus, legendary Boston punk rock band The Proletariat has decided to reunite for a few select shows . Original members Richard Brown, Peter Bevilacqua and Tom McKnight will be joined by guitarist Dan Sanders(from the Providence band Idle Rich) and will reunite for a series of shows in Fall 16. The reunion comes on the heels of the vinyl rerelease of the bands groundbreaking debut Soma Holiday on SS Records." Tickets!! (FB page)
November 3 (Thursday)Wolfman And The Brimstone Boys, The Evil Streaks, The Devil's Twins and Damnation are at Opus Underground in Salem
November 4 (Friday) The Upper Crust, Topheavy, Gene Dante & The Future Starlets and The Hi-End at The Midway
November 4 (Friday) Lifestyle, Sidewalk Driver and usLights at Great Scott's
November 4 (Friday) The Proletariat are at The Met in Pawtucket RI (FB page)
November 4 & 5 (Friday & Saturday) Boston Hassle and Brain Arts Organization presents Hassle Fest 8 is two-day underground and independent music festival that is organized and coordinated entirely by Boston Hassle volunteers. This event will feature both local and touring independent and underground musicians that will lure DIY music-lovers from all corners of New England to the streets of Boston for this annual celebration. It's at the Brighton Music Hall FB page for more info ...and Boston Hassle page
November 5 (Saturday) Roy Sludge Trio at 4PM at Atwood's (have dinner here the food is awesome!!)
November 5 (Saturday) The Real Kids, Classic Ruins, Andy California, Hambone Skinny at The Midway!!
November 5 (Saturday) Stray Bullets, Duck & Cover, Jumper! and Offwhites are at The Greek club in Union Sq Somerville. FB page
November 6 (Sunday) We had a great time at the last Trivia night by Rocker Magazine. It is happening again at the same place, Zuzu's at the Middle East. Fun, fun and again fun. Facebook post
November 9 (Wednesday) Illegally Blind and League Podcast Present: Shonen Knife, Shepherdess, and Birthing Hips at the Middle East Up
November 9 -12 is International Pop Overthrow at PA's Lounge - Wednesday has Richie Parsons among others
November 10 (Thursday) The Goddamn Gallows, Gallows Bound, Tigerman WOAH, Ten Foot Polecats - Middle East Up
November 10 (Thursday) IPO at PA's has Kevin William , American Beauties, TRY, Ships Have Sailed, Suzie Hatton Band and Biltmore
November 10 (Thursday) The Sonics will be at Fete Music Hall 103 Dike St, Providence, Rhode Island 02909 - Here's the FB page
November 11 (Friday) The Sprained Ankles, Stop Calling Me Frank, Spectacle, The Johns at the Midway - This is a benefit for Frank Johnson (FB page for more info)
November 11 (Friday) Mercury on Mars, The Hose, Psychic Dog and The Digs are at Club Boho at the Cantab
November 11 (Friday) IPO at PA's has Cait Brennan, Dave Rave & Hailee Rose, Airport, Big Giant, Powderhouse , Wizard Farm and The Downtowners
November 12 (Saturday) The Welch Boys, Penalty Kill, BarRoom Heroes, Zero Rights & Words of Truth a 4-8.30PM show at the Midway
November 12 (Saturday) Punk Rock Flea Market at Koto in Salem 1-5PM "Come down and buy some records, some band and sports tees, some homemade crafts and jewelry" There's be punk rock music after 8PM. FB page
November 12 (Saturday) IPO At PA's tonight has Arthur Nasson, Michael Oliver & The Sacred Band, Hummingbird Syndicate, The Brigands, Fireking, The Forz and 1.4.5.
November 12 (Saturday) Presented by State Line Records. This is the music after the Flea Market- The northshore's best punk bands will be playing their second show of the year together. Local favorites The Tenafly Vipers and Quiggs bring down the house. Boston visitors Duck & Cover and The Warning Shots warm you up for the local favorites. Let's have a good time. all at Koto.
November 13 (Sunday) The Spearmint Sea, Uranium Daughters and Cold Expectations are at O'Brien's - Ibeleive this is Steve Prygoda's (My Own Worst Enemy) new band's (Cold Expectations) first gig!!
November 17 (Thursday) Ten Dollar Mistake, Field Nurse, Hambone Skinny, Jay Allen & the Archcriminals at PA's
November 17 (Thursday) Oh The Humanity, Suburban Samurai, The Hideout, Alarms @ PA's Lounge Union Sq Somerville
November 19 (Saturday) Live Band Emo/Pop Punk Karaoke at the Middle East Down featuring songs from the likes of Brand New, Sum - 41, Taking Back Sunday, Blink 182 and whole bunch of other surprises backed by Coach and friends and members of local bands Fall Risk, Animal Flag, Sports, and Leaner.
November 19 (Saturday) Tsunami of Sound, The Knock Ups, Axemunkee and The High End at Koto in Salem
November 23-26 (Weds-Saturday) 4 Nights! Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins on the drums at the Middle East Up. FB page It was an amazing night when we went in 2014. And for fun read our 1980 interview with Jonathan
November 26 (Saturday) Frigate are at The Midway for an afternoon show! Also on the bill Thigh Scrapers and State of The Union 4PM show!
December 1 (Thursday) Humanoids, Mam Ladilla (Spain), Covered in Bees (Maine), Intheshit & Black Friday - O'Brien's
December 2 (Friday) Blood Drive, Sex Orgy Death Crash, Jarva Land and Charlie Don't Surf at PA's
December 2 (Friday) Today Junior, Calico Blue, Spirit Ghost and Brushes at The Midway
December 3 (Saturday) Muck & The Mires will be on A Crash Course for the Ravers with Brian Young on WMFO 91.5 1-4PM
December 3 (Saturday) Studio Two , The Beatles Tribute w/ Muck and the Mires at The Middle East Up.
December 3 (Saturday) The Forz, Young Bull and others TBA are at Club Boho at The Cantab.
December 3 (Saturday) VapoRubs, Psychic Dog, Silver Screams, Tony Jones & the Cretin 3 at AS220 in Provi
December 9 (Friday) Peter Murphy "Stripped" -This is A rare opportunity to see Peter Murphy performing (with an ensemble - 3 piece in all) semi-acoustic versions of his music from throughout his illustrious career (um, $25 Advance / $35 Day of Show / $30 VIP Early Bird / $35 VIP Advance) 7 PM Doors
December 10 (Saturday) Charlie Don't Surf will be on A Crash Course for the Ravers with Brian Young on WMFO 91.5 1-4PM
December 10 (Saturday) Thrash'n'Bang Christmas Party at the Midway
December 10 (Saturday) The Weisstronauts 18th Annual Holiday Jubilee at 4:00 pm at Atwood's
December 10 (Saturday) Nicole Tamaro Productions Christmas Party with The Silver Mirrors, Legendary Rockin Prophets and + free snacks & swag all at the Greek in Union Sq Somerville.
December 10 (Saturday) Psychic TV at Brighton Music Hall
December 23 (Friday) Raging Teens 20th Anniversary Boston Reunion! at O'Brien's (FB page)
April 22 (Saturday) The Templars (NYC), Battle Ruins (Boston), Shipwrecked (Norway), Fit for Abuse (Boston), Boston Strangler (Boston) at the Middle East Down And it's ALREADY sold out in September 2016!
December 10 (Saturday) Psychic TV are at The Brighton Music Hall FB page
January 7 (Saturday) The Johns, The Martians (mems of Bim Skala Bim/Rock Bottom), The Cold Expectations (Album Release) and Medical Maps at The Midway
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